Study to examine rising suicide rates in New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS- A coroner has teamed up with a nonprofit research organization to study suicide rates in New Orleans.
Orleans Parish coroner Dr. Jeffrey Rouse and RAND Corp. will use the study to understand common causes of suicide and create prevention efforts.
The coroner's office says it has investigated 34 suicides this year. That number is greater than all reported suicides in 2013 and if it holds steady, this year's total could surpass the 46 suicides in 2014.
The Department of Health and Hospitals says Louisiana's suicide rate had steadily increased from 11.1 per 100,000 residents in 2005 to 14.2 in 2014.
Dr. Rajeev Ramchand of the RAND Corp. says he will work with the coroner's office to interview relatives of suicide victims for surveys.